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Omaha, Nebraska Ebola Update – October 2014

By Lee Nyberg, 10:27 pm on

The senior care providers in Omaha, Nebraska want to put your mind at ease by letting you know that despite what you may have heard on the news, there is little chance of you or your loved ones catching Ebola. According to NPR.org, the likelihood of contracting Ebola in the United States this year is 1 in 13.3 million. American’s are more likely to die from a lightning strike or shark attack than they are from Ebola.

While Omaha has been a focal point in the news due to the number of patients treated in the nearby bio-containment unit, direct contact with someone affected with Ebola is the only way that the disease is transferred.

The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha has treatedtwo different American patients, Dr. Rick Sacra and AshokaMukpo, who contracted Ebola in Liberia. The men were sent to this local hospital because it is one of the few in the country that has a specialized unit made specifically for treating diseases such as Ebola. With 10 beds, it is the largest unit of its kind in the country.

The Nebraska Medical Center helped both men recover after they received blood transfusions containing plasma donated by one of the first American Ebola survivors, Dr. Kent Brantly, who was released from an Atlanta hospital on August 21st. The antibodies in his plasma help other patient’s immune system’s fight the virus. The patients were also being treated with experimental medication.

As U.S. officials make strides in keeping this disease contained, Home Care Assistance of Omaha wants to provide peace of mind for local seniors and their families by offering a free consultation for 24/7 in-home senior care. If you or your aging loved one in Omaha would like in-home companionship and support, give us a call at (402) 763-9140.